Scottie Bordelon is a reporter for WholeHogSports.com. A graduate of the University of Arkansas, Bordelon previously covered high school sports for the Times Record in Fort Smith and the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Springdale. He is a member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and Football Writers Association of America, and was awarded 2022 Arkansas Sportswriter of the Year.
Umude invited to Portsmouth Invitational Tournament
Arkansas guard Stanley Umude shoots the ball on Saturday, March 26, 2022 during the first half of the Elite 8 round of the 2022 NCAA Division 1 Men's Basketball Championship at Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif. Check out nwaonline.com/220327Daily/ and nwadg.com/photos for a photo gallery.
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas wing Stanley Umude has been invited to play in the 68th Portsmouth Invitational Tournament next month in Virginia, according to a release.
The oldest amateur basketball tournament in the country, the Portsmouth Invitational is the lone postseason camp open only to college seniors. It will be played April 13-16 at Churchland High School.
The event serves as an opportunity to stand out against strong competition in front of foreign scouts and representatives of each NBA team.
Umude, a graduate transfer from South Dakota, wrapped up his lone season with the Razorbacks over the weekend and played a key role in Arkansas advancing to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year. He averaged 11.9 points — second on the team — on 46% shooting and a career-best 37.1% from three-point range.
In SEC games, he scored 13.9 points per game and made 39.6% of his 91 three-point attempts. Umude finished the season tied for third in rebounding at 4.6 per game.
Playing in his first NCAA Tournament in 2022, Umude averaged 12.5 points on 47.1% from the floor, 36.8% beyond the arc, 5 rebounds and 2.2 assists. He had a game-high 21 points and nine rebounds in Arkansas’ 75-71 first-round victory over Vermont in Buffalo, N.Y.
His other double-figure scoring game (14) came in the season-ending 78-69 loss to Duke last Saturday in San Francisco.
Former Razorbacks guards Daryl Macon and Jaylen Barford were invited to and participated in the Portsmouth Invitational in 2018.
Barford was named tournament MVP after averaging 19.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3 assists in 3 games, including the championship. Macon put up 10.7 points, 7.7 assists and 4 rebounds per game.
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